When this release popped up back in 2005, I delighted at its freshness and, dare I say it, whimsy.
Here were an act that were a complete throwback to ’60s flower-power pop (i.e. Mamas and Pappas), lovingly produced. It was basically seduction by harmony – an overwhelming cascade of familially connected male-female vocals.
I caught the band live (at a Big Day Out) and revelled in their hirsute, rotund dorkiness and mastery of their craft.
So listening back to this album over the past few weeks, I was very surprised at the patchy, and ultimately underwhelming, content of this debut release.
It kicks off in fine form. The opening three tracks are the revelations I remember, teetering on the (right) edge of twee, but sufficiently energetic to have me singing along in a faltering falsetto:
Alas, the album than loses all momentum and just seems to drag and drag, with a stuttering mess of underdone, slovenly tunes.
There are some glimmers of the promise, and reminders into what works best for this pair of siblings, most notably on the gorgeous I see, you see me:
In essence, this could be one of the finest EPs in recent times. Instead, due to padding, it’s a bloated debut that only hints at promise.
File under: Five (tracks) is the magic number